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I'm a 32 year old male who has been dealing with sciatica really bad for about 5 months. I went through all physical therapy without results. I couldn't stand up for long periods of time and was having trouble sleeping. I still went and did everything I liked to do but was always in pain. I finally decided to go get an MRI and the results were I had a huge herniated disc in my L5/S1. I went to several specialist and they all had the same answer. It wasn't going to fix on its own. I was really worried cause I pretty much knew I was going to have to get it fixed. I have never been in the hospital or anything my whole life. I decided to get the operation done.
I went in for surgery and was a nervous wreck. Which I'm sure anyone going on for surgery is going to be. I finally woke up in recovery and felt just really out of it. I finally got up to my room and they hooked me up to a pain pump. At this point I really didn't want to push it because I really wasn't in much pain and I didn't feel like I needed it and just wanted to get back to my normal state of mind. A few more hours pass and physical therapy shows up saying it's time to walk. Still not in that much pain I still haven't pushed the pain pump or taking any medications. I finally sit up which kind of hurt a little bit but wasn't that bad. The therapist checks for weakness in muscles and then puts a belt on me and we stand up. I had some pain from the surgery but my sciatica had been completely gone. I start to take a couple of steps and I start to feel really good about myself. They walk me around the nurses station without help and the physical therapist says I'm doing great that I don't need her anymore. I go back to room and lay back down for a bit. Pain is still just a dull kind of soreness then sharp pain. It's gets closer to the evening and I'm still not in much pain so I decide I'm not taking the pain meds or pain pump. I ask them to take out the pain pump and nurses call the doctor and he told them to keep it hooked up overnight in case I started hurting because the second day is the worst. I periodically get up and take walks around the nurses station because it felt good to walk. I finally start getting really tired and pass out rather quick. You can't get much sleep in a hospital with them coming in every so often to check vitals. I get up at 4 a.m. and decide the pain has stayed the same that I'm ready for the Iv and pain pump to come out. I finally get everything out and I'm waking everywhere. Doctor comes in to see me the next morning and releases me. I made it through the surgery without pain meds except what they gave me before I was awake. I'm guessing the pain from the sciatica was so bad the surgical pain wasn't that bad. I did have some pain but wasn't enough to require anything but regular Tylenol. I'm on day 3 of recovery and I took 2 regular Tylenol before I left the hospital because I had a 2 hour drive home. The ride home wasn't base at all. Sitting up kind of hurt a bit but wasn't all that bad.
I'm writing this for anyone who is dealing with the same things that I had been. I'm sure not everyone will be as blessed as I have been with my recovery. Hopefully everything works out for me during my recovery and I'll keep daily track of it and post more.
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